Finished projects


ANFOREK VII  2017/2018 - Applied research for reclamation of post-mining sites in the Lusatian lignite mining district 

PI, funded by LEAG - Lausitzer Bergbau AG, Cottbus (2017-2018)

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Future Landscapes - Integrated landscapes to promote ecosystem services and sustainable land-uses in agriculture, forestry and natural ecosystems in Southern Africa

funded by Volkswagen Stiftung: Initiative Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa (2018)

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AgroSolarSystems - An integrated Agro-Forestry-Energy approach to land use in the Western Cape, South Africa 

CI, cooperation with Stellenbosch University, Department of Forestry and Wood Sciences, funded by National Research Foundation South Africa and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, 2014-2017

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Development of biocrusts on temperate sand dunes and post-mining sites and their application in restoration ecology

PI, funded by Geschwister-Stauder-Schenkung, University of Hohenheim, 2016-2017

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Ecophysiology and carbon fluxes in agroforestry systems in Brandenburg

Funded by University of Hohenheim, Institute of Botany, 2013-2018

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Development of an automatic minirhizotron system for root investigations

PI, in cooperation with Umweltanalystische Produkte GmbH, Cottbus, funded by Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Land Brandenburg, 2012-2013.

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BioSida - Cultivation of Sida as a new crop for bioenergy and reclamation of degraded landscapes

CEBra, AiF - Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie, 2011-2013

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Production ecology and ecophysiology of Igniscum - a new bioenergy crop

CEBra, Conpower Rohstoffe GmbH, Oldenburg, 2010-2013  


COST Action FA 0901 "Putting Halophytes to Work. From Genes to Ecosystems 

fundet by  7. FP EU, COST Action FA 0901, 2010-2014


Climate change and its implication for ecosystem dynamics and functioning

ZiF - Working group, funded by ZiF - Zentrum für interdiscziplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld, August 2008

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COST Action E52: ‘Evaluation of Beech Genetic Resources for Sustainable Forestry’

Research funded by EU 7th FP, 2005-2008


Ecophysiology of bipolar lichens from the martime Antarctic

Research associate, University of Bonn, Nees-Institute for Plant Biodiversity, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), 2005-2007


Biodiversity and its role for ecosystem functioning and services in drylands

Sino-German Workshop im Urumqi, in cooperation with Beijing Forestry University, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Chinesisches-Deutsches Zentrum für Wissenschaftsförderung, Oktober 2006


Gradients in drylands - linking pattern and processes and their consequences for biodiversity

ZiF - Working group in cooperation with Christian Wissel (UFZ -Umweltfoschungszentrum Leipzig), ZiF - Zentrum für interdiscziplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld, 2005

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Restoration and stability of ecosystems in arid and semi-arid areas

Sino-German Workshop im Beijing, in cooperation with Beijing Forestry University and University of Bielefeld (Prof. W. Beyschlag), funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Chinesisches-Deutsches Zentrum für Wissenschaftsförderung, September 2004


Optimization of water use of crops under irrigation in arid regions

University of Bielefeld (Prof. Breckle,PI, M. Veste, CI),  Tel Aviv University (Prof. Waisel), Arava Agricultural Research StationYotvata (Dr. Shani), Environmental Consultants (M. Abu-Taleb),  Amman; Aswan University, Egypt (Prof. I. Springuel),  funded by BMBF - Bundesminsiterium für Bildung und Forschung, 1996-2000 

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Nizzana II - Ecosystem processes in desert sand dunes of the NW Negev

University of Bielefeld (Prof. Breckle,PI, M. Veste, CI), in cooperation with Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Aird Ecosystem Research Center, funded by BMBF - Bundesminsiterium für Bildung und Forschung, 1995-2000


Nizzana I - Ecophysiology of halophytes in desert sand dunes of Nizzana

University of Bielefeld (Prof. Breckle,PI, M. Veste, Researcher), in cooperation with Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Aird Ecosystem Research Center, funded by BMBF - Bundesminsiterium für Bildung und Forschung, 1992-1994


Ecological problems of sustainable land use in deserts

Workshop in Königswinter, University of Bielefeld, in cooperation with UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, funded by BMBF - Bundesminsiterium für Bildung und Forschung, 1999


Sustainable land-use in the arid and semi-arid Middle East

University of Bielefeld, International workshop in Bielefeld, funded by BMBF - Bundesminsiterium für Bildung und Forschung, 1994-1995


Ecophysiology of succulents and desert plants in the Succulent Karoo and Namib desert  (South Africa, Namibia)

Research grant, University of Stellenbosch, Department of Botany, South Africa, funded by DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, 1990-1991



Research fellowships and travel grants for international cooperations 


2016-2017  AgriWaterSystems - Optimization of irrigation and evapotranspiration in agriculture in the Western Cape (South Africa)

Cooperation with University of Stellenbosch, Department of Forestry and Wood Science, South Africa, funded by BML - BLE


2014  Ecophysiology of fast-growing trees in agricultural landscapes (South Africa)

Visiting scientiest, University of Stellenbosch, Department of Forestry and Wood Science, South Africa (Dr. B. du Troit), funded by DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, 2014


2011  Functions of biological soil crusts in the drylands of the Negev (Israel)

Visiting scientist, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Prof. Dr. Aaron Yair), funded by funded by DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst


2010  Biological soil crusts in drylands (South Africa)

Visiting scientist, University of Stellenbosch, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, South Africa (Prof. K. Esler) funded by DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, 2010.


2007, 2008  Photosynthesis and physiological activity of European beech genotypes (Italy)

Visiting scientist, Plant Genetics Institute, National Research Council, Florence, Italy, funded by  STSM grant - EU COST E52


2006-2007  Ecophysiology of Nothofagus under climate change (Chile)

Visiting scientist, in cooperation with University of Valdivia, Department of Forestry, Valdivia, Chile (Prof. C. Ramirez), funded by BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research and CONICYT, Chile, 2006-2007


2006-2010  Design of sustainable shelterbelts (China)

University of Hohenheim in cooperation with Beijing Forestry University, funded by BMBF - Federal Ministry of Science and Education, 2006-2010


2004-2005  Water use of trees in Inner Mongolia (China)

Visiting scientiest, Beijing Forestry University (Prof. Jiarong Gao), funded by BMELV - Bundesministerium für Enährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz, 2004-2005


2004-2005  IMPETUS - Spatial variability of water availability in drylands  (Morocco)

Visiting scientiest, as part of the IMPETUS-Project University of Bonn and Cologne, by BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research, funded by  2004 and 2005


2001, 2002 Ecology of desert plants in the Succulent Karoo (South Africa)

Visiting scientiest, as part of the BIOTA-Africa Project, funded by BMBF - Federal Ministry of Education and Research, 


2000  Combating Desertification in the drylands of Inner Mongolia (China)

Visiting scientiest, Beijing Forestry University (Prof. Sun), funded by BMELV - Bundesministerium für Enährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz, 2000


Cooperations


ELKE - Development of extensive land use systems for the production of renewable resources as a possible mitigation and compensation measure

in cooperation with Anna Ślązak, Christian Böhm, Dirk Freese (PI), BTU Cottbus), funded by FNR - Fachagentur für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe, 2010-2013


Study on Combating Desertification in Central Asia

in cooperation with GTZ - Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, 2000

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